Latinitas, a non-profit organization working to empower young Latinas through media and technology, is searching for 20 Latinas under the age of 20 to be featured in their online magazine. Latinitas Magazine is the first digital magazine made for and by Latina youth. Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinitas is accepting nominations of outstanding Latina leaders across the county for a magazine feature. Young Latinas are paving the way as community leaders, activists and volunteers. A wave of young talented Latinas are ready to become the future leaders of America. We are looking for 20 Latinitas under 20 who are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change.
Latinitas was founded in 2002 by several students at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Latinitas has been able to host after school programs, workshops, and summer camps throughout El Paso and Austin, Texas. Alicia Rascon, CEO and Co-Founder of Latinitas says, “Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with powerful Latinas and being inspired by young leaders through the many programs we host. The 20 Under 20 Award is our way of recognizing the accomplishments of these amazing girls. Media has had it’s way with it’s negative portrayal of Latinas, it’s time to eradicate these stereotypes and shine some positive light on the Latina community.”
Laura Donnelly-Gonzalez, Co-Founder and COO of Latinitas, explains “Latinitas focuses on equipping young Latinas with the skills, attitude, and opportunities to succeed in all areas where the Latina population has been underrepresented and misrepresented. Through the 20 Under 20 Awards, we wish to not only honor the accomplishments of strong Latinas everywhere, but to motivate others to follow in their footsteps.”
Latinitas calls for sponsors, relatives, coaches, teachers, and volunteer organizations to nominate young Latinas who are involved in their community, excel in academics and extracurricular activities, and uphold character and cultural awareness. Applications will be accepted through October 15 and can be accessed online at: http://laslatinitas.com/20-latinitas-under-20
Latinitas is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas through media and technology. We publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first and premier digital magazine for Hispanic girls and teens. The bilingual webzine is geared towards informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. A truly innovative aspect of Latinitas is that it serves as an online forum for girls to express themselves and publish their work. By hosting bilingual, bicultural, educational outreach workshops, camps, internships, retreats, conferences and after-school programs, Latinitas is inspiring and cultivating the next generation of Latina leaders. We connect girls with positive mentors and role models who encourage girls to build their self-esteem, confidence, leadership skills, cultural pride, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.